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"I can recall several instances where I had to go to drop to the command line for him, just to delete some files off his desktop. The GUI wouldn't let him.
>>I think you're lying. I've never heard of such an error.
Yupp, I'm lying, because I have nothing better to do than bash Macs all day.
Just because you've never heard of it, doesn't mean it didn't happen.
I most certainly did have to delete some files off of his desktop through the terminal window. I believe those files were failed/corrupted downloads off of the internet that he couldn't delete because Mac OS X thought the files were still in use.
That was not just a single fluke either. I had to do that on at least three occasions for him."
I believe you were making a serious point here. I can reproduce this behaviour myself, but this only happens with files that the system list as being 'in use'. This happens to me with files and folders on my external FireWire drive. You may have to close files and/or applications to be able to remove them. I don't open the terminal to remove these icons, just reboot (ever since I've started JagWyre this has become a rare event in my daily use of the system) and you can remove everything (insofar as the reboot doesn't take care of that) you want.
I'm driving JagWyre since last year and I'm absolutely in love with it. I'll save everybody but mostly myself any lament of my use of Windows machines, it's painful enough as it is without making an opera out of it (not dissin' the browser here).
I'll agree with the author of the piece when he says that he just wants to do stuff on his machine and not spend his life configuring things. Amen to that. More easy to configure than iPod ? iChat A/V (zero configuration, it's true, I've (not) done it).
And Apple, like it or lump it, does have the cohones to try some new stuff in their machines. Remember no more disk drives, remember FireWire, now think of optical audio in/out on the G5.
No rants about "My Mac is better". Pointless, doesn't convince anyone. I just want to see you smile when Microsoft introduces DRM tied to an Intel chip on the motherboard. Won't be good news for Apple either, but all you happy haxxors (?!) out there will go wild trying to circumvent that thing and still work with whatever Windows is called by that time.